On the Ugandan “kill the gays” bill and attempts to make Leviticus gay-friendly

So there’s been reports that the infamous Ugandan “kill the gays” bill might finally, horrifyingly, pass. It’s not clear what will actually happen, since the BBC report suggests only the part outlawing “promotion” of homosexuality will pass, not the actual “kill the gays” part, and Wikipedia suggests the Ugandan president may veto the bill. But [Read More...]

Bible tweets: the rest of the Old Testament

Previously in the series: Genesis and Exodus, Leviticus through Deuteronomy, Joshua through Psalms, Proverbs through Song of Songs, Isaiah through Ezekiel. [Read more...]

Zach Alexander’s review of Faitheist

On Twitter, I mentioned that this review by Zach Alexander of Chris Stedman’s book Faitheist “has me thoroughly convinced not to read it.” Zach tweeted back asking, “did you at least agree with the more positive sections?” and I’ve decided to go ahead and give a blogpost-length reply. [Read more...]

Sunday link roundup and open thread

It occurred to me that my Bible tweets aren’t the only tweets I can recycle into blog posts. I also tweet a fair number of links because Twitter is great for links that don’t really deserve their own posts… and often a great way of finding such links in the first place. Here’s this week’s [Read More...]

The Assyrian Empire and the Old Testament God

Some liberal Christians and Jews look at the massacres described in the Old Testament (especially the book of Joshua) and try to console themselves by saying that, while the stories may be horrifying, they didn’t really happen. I agree with them there. The stories in the Torah and book of Joshua are pure mythology, and [Read More...]

Ed Feser, physics, and the Dunning-Kruger effect

Leah Libresco keeps recommending Ed Feser’s books, though I can’t fathom why. But it gave me the idea to try to write something about his books. So I opened my ebook copy of Feser’s Aquinas… and was quickly reminded that all of Feser’s “arguments” always strike me as blatant non-sequiturs, just like the original versions in Aquinas’ writings. There is, [Read More...]

Why “faitheist” Chris Stedman is so obnoxious

I said I wasn’t going to say any more about Chris Stedman, but Hemant recently posted an exclusive excerpt with an intro that I feel needs a response: [Read more...]

In praise of boring claims

Leah Libresco is doing a series of posts on Daniel Dennett’s Breaking the Spell. Her two most recent posts (out of three) both seem to make this complaint about Dennett: many of his claims are rather boring (to imperfectly condense the critiques into bumper-sticker form). The first of the two takes aim at this paragraph from Dennett: [Read more...]

In a non-futurismic world, human-level AI changes everything forever

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I just finished reading Cory Doctorow’s excellent essay collection Content, which included one essay that introduced me to a term I’d never heard before: “futurismic” (Doctorow talks as if the word was coined by someone else, though he doesn’t say who, and he seems to be the top search result using the word in his sense): [Read more...]


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